Walking is more than mere exercise
Why I Walk
I had just realized that my prolonged hibernation which is now going for more than a year, is also gaining me lots of unwanted weight and bulges in the abdomen and stomach. Worse is, I am losing strength in my limbs and am getting sick for just a little strain; even walking feels strenuous to me.
This condition had started when I left my job last year. I used to climb up the four storey building in our school as I was moving from one classroom to another in the varied subjects and students that I was teaching.
The nature of my job and the mobility that went along kept me fit and healthy without even being conscious about it.
Fat and bulgy me
My decision to walk
One day, I had decided to do some relevant exercises that would help me regain my strength and keep me fit. I bought a pair of dumb bells and a book of exercises for the middle aged like me. I started following the exercises in the book but only to realize that I just tire myself and they had not done anything to improve my breathing.
Along with chain smoking four to five reams of cigarettes per week and the stagnant lifestyle is the deterioration of my health and the increasing bulges in my body parts. My sister visited me one day and she mocked me for my abusive lifestyle that caused myself to get sick and get obese at the same time. I only have one sister and one brother and genetically we are lanky people, well, not me anymore.
My legs are still slim, they don't really get fat no matter how my body balloon into a huge drum; and this condition only emphasize my ugly look. Imagine a big round body on top of two long and skinny legs?
Well I am not getting any younger and so the big changes in my body structure but to abuse my living condition that caused me illness and unprecedented ugliness is unforgivable.
I looked at my old picture taken some 17 years ago and saw the big difference. I was only 37-25-36, but now, my waistline is 34, my breast is 39 and my waistline is 38....wowooo huge, huge...this is the fear of aging ladies...to look old obese and ugly.
What had the years done to me? Or what have I done to myself over the years? My only consolation is that I don't eat too much and I am more into vegetables, salads and fruits; meat is not a constant in my diet though fish is my favorite along with vegetables. I don't eat much junk food.
The Solutions: 1. Stop Smoking
Of course I cannot be as young and as slim as I was 17 years ago but I also know that my obesity gradually resulted from too much smoking, hibernation, depression caused by traumatic events in my life and the constant changes that occur within these past 17 eventful years.
Solution number one is: Stop smoking, or at least minimize the quantity to start with. I used to say that I will smoke till I die because I knew that to stop smoking after 36 years into it was just impossible. But lately, without even thinking seriously to stop smoking, I just stopped. Thanks to the electronic smoke that substituted it. This electronic smoke just cuts the craving for the real cigarettes. At first I used the flavor with some nicotine content and gradually replaced it with vanilla flavor that is zero nicotine. So far, I am doing alright, it's been a month now; though admittedly, I grab a stick of cigarette once in a while when I am upset. I realize that for me, smoking is triggered by my emotional state.
Solution number 2: Walk, Walk, Cimb stairs and trees and Walk more
It's been one month since I had started walking off and on and in short times ranging from 15-minute walk one day then stop then walk again for 20 minutes then rest for a week then walk again. Well, this did not help and there was no effect.
But four days ago, I had resolved to walk at least one hour a day and every day. My sister said that I have to walk two kilometers a day in order to see the difference. I took her word seriously. And so I began to walk, very very far that I walked through hi-ways and byways, bridges, parks and in fact I had exceeded the one hour goal. My first record was one hour and 37 minutes, followed by two hours and fifty one minutes, almost three hours.
I did not only walk but climbed trees and buildings that have open stairways just so my legs can lift my body up and carry its weight.
Walking is fun and healthy
Walking lightens the spirit and changes outlook in life
I never had walked this long in a daily basis for the sake of exercise. Perhaps I had walked long with my family long time ago when we went to farms in the mountainous Mindanao but it was not like this one. Three days in a row at least two hours in average really had shown evidences of change not only in my body, breathing but also in my general view of life as encouraged by my thought processes.
My Various observations and experiences in walking
First, I notice those things and sites as I walk by; I noticed the stray animals such as dogs, cats, chicken, goats, ducks and turkeys. I thought that there are only stray dogs and cats until I saw several more types of animals. I will make a hub entitled stray animals to show the pictures I took in my walking.
Then I noticed other hikers, joggers, bikers and we say hello; as if saying that we all have similar objectives in what we are doing...and this objective is to hopefully improve our well-being.
I also noticed the vehicles, the cargoes of trucks, the business that people do which open early in the morning. Since I walk from the subdivision where I stay down to the main road in the center of the city and to the park where other hikers and morning exercise enthusiasts hang around, I had observed a wide range and variety of observable behaviors and lifestyles of people; from street vendors in their ramshackle boots to palatial homes of the rich.
In the street I also met demented, dirty and homeless vagabonds and beggars who look scary. I also met some decent and people who own business such as the Mercury Drugstore where I buy Gatorade drink. I met all types of people, some are interesting and others are scary. I see office workers in their chick uniforms and in their way to work who drop by cheap eatery for their breakfast.
Walking is Educational
Now I realize that walking is not just an exercise of the body for better health but also as a food for the mind and a change in the general outlook for life.